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The second coming….Pulled Meat Nachos is back.

The people have spoken. Pulled Meat Nachos have returned for the month of March. Alleluia!

This is an off-menu item, meaning you need to grab a ticket to order it….

Pulled Meat Nachos

In case you forgot (let’s be honest, how could you?), these are homestyle nachos covered in pulled pork, USDA brisket and pulled chicken topped with jalapeños and our housemade chili con queso, guacamole, sour cream and Unholy BBQ sauce.

Available at 12.95 in Leeds, Headingley and Manchester, we have 500 tickets/restaurant.  Re-live the legend, and grab yours now.





February #FridayFoodFight

Friday Food Fight is returning this weekend and we’ll be representing once again, bringing BBQ to the hungry masses in Manchester.

Last month’s menu seemed to tickle your bellies, with BBQ bites from our new menu making the line-up. So we’re coming back at you with some of those block rock meats.

Main - Pulled Pork and Slaw

Red’s pulled pork, slaw & apple sauce
Cheese & jalapeño sausage
USDA beef brisket & burnt ends

MEAT BOXES – 2 meats £6, 3 meats £8, 4 meats £10
Red’s pulled pork & apple sauce
KC-Wet baby back ribs (1/2 rack)
1/4 smoked sticky chicken
Cheese & jalapeño sausage
USDA beef brisket & burnt ends

All served with slaw.

SIDES – £2
Our famous Pit beans
Bean chili (v)

Hit up more #FridayFoodFight fun and news here. See you tomorrow, believers.

Red’s #LiveSessions: Jamie Joseph – Hit The Ground Running

Every Friday and Sunday, catch our #LiveSessions at #RedsManchester and #RedsNottingham while you fill your belly with barbecue and beers.

We’ll showcase local talent, as well as bands from across the UK who shine with a little country, blue grass and Americana in their soul.

If you’re a band and would like to entertain the flock while they feast, drop a line to with links to your music.

For now, enjoy the sweet, sweet sounds of Jamie Joseph, playing live from #RedsNottingham on the Sabbath last weekend.


Come forth to Morning Service Brunch

Dearly beloved,

No longer shalt you have to endure the weekend slings and arrows of early morning hunger and hangovers.

Morning Service is here. Brunch is now served in Leeds, Call Lane and Nottingham. AMEN! (scroll to see the menu below)


For those believers in Manchester & Headingley who regularly attended worship, head’s up, as there’s a new menu.

We’ve taken your feedback and refreshed the menu. For some, your favourites might have disappeared. Fear not though. We’re sure the new dishes will help fill the void and soon become firm favourites.

Red’s Country Fry

Reds Country Fry

Brunch runs every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-12pm. Last orders are 11:45am so we can prep for the lunch rush. We’ll start offering the lunch menu from 11am.

If you’re looking for a Bloody Mary to restore your soul, we can only start serving from 10am due to licensing laws.

Bloody Pig

As ever, let us know what you think, either on Twitter, your local Facebook page or on email at Feel free to share your morning objects of worship on Instagram with #morningservice #brunch

Brunch menu brunch menu 2

Friday Food Fight Good Book

Been a while FFFighters! Banish the January Blues and get some barbecue into your life.

Since we last saw you we’ve launched a new menu in the restaurant so we’ve thrown a few of these out to you this Friday to try.

Come forth to the travelling Church of True Barbecue.

For those that have never been to #FridayFoodFight, check it out here.


Pulled Pork, slaw & apple sauce
Cheese & jalapeño sausage
USDA beef brisket & burnt ends

MEAT BOXES – 2 meats £6, 3 meats £8, 4 meats £10
Pulled Pork & apple sauce
KC-Wet baby back ribs (1/2 rack)
1/4 smoked sticky chicken
Cheese & jalapeño sausage
USDA beef brisket & burnt ends

All served with slaw

KC-Wet Baby Backs

SIDES – £2
Our famous Pit beans
Veg chilli



The True You Programme: meat will set you free



You’ve found the True You Programme, where meat will set you free. The inspirational 30-day Self Help guide, everyone is talking about. We’re changing lives by the smoker-load. Relax.

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Perhaps you’ve read about it in Miracle Meat Monthly? Or perchance a family member with a penchant for brisket and trampolines has recommended it?

We suspect though that for the vast majority, you’ve happened upon it by pure, blissful chance – a simple act of serendipity in the mire of the January Blues. However you’ve found the bosom of enlightenment and fulfilment, you’re safe, you’re home.

For the next 30-days, through the medium of meat (and probably a lot of hot air & bullsh*t), your life is set to change.

Be sure to follow it live on one of these channels:


Don’t have Instagram but want to view and comment? Check it here

The 4-Steps of Empowerment will open your eyes, mind, heart and belly to new levels of barbecue nirvana.


Stage 1: Look Inside Yourself – Emptiness is a disease. We’ll give you the know-how to banish your past forever and set you on course to a tasty cure

Stage 2: Alignment & Focus – With a new mindset, you’ll agree new goals, new aspirations, new desires (gold lamé shorts are advisable for this stage)

Stage 3: Believe & Achieve – You’ll begin to notice the difference. You’re faster. Quicker. Wittier. You might even grow a few ginger tufts as you begin to believe in yourself

Stage 4: Emergence – Who is this swan, emerging from the ugly duckling ranks of unachievingness? It’s you of course. The True You. Praise be!


We can’t say it will be easy. Nor can we say everyone will make this arduous emotional and physical journey. But for those that do, those happy few, January 2015 will shine upon you, like a well polished helmet.

The key to success and achieving your goals – FREE BBQ – are passwords. Hidden password. Be vigilant. Gold frames hold the answer. Make note, and when the time is right (see below), act fast. Use your training, and reap the rewards.

Remember, together, working as one, meat will set us all free.

Stage 1 Look Inside Yourself





Have you followed the programme thus far? Deserve to earn free BBQ? Unlock meaty rewards now.

Choose you Church of True Barbecue and enter the password (Check Day 5 film Harness The Pain for a clue – it’s case sensitive)



#RedsPayItForward Raises £2,000

For 12 days £3,500 of free BBQ was loaded onto Gift Of Meat cards and hidden on lamp posts, park benches, phone boxes, dark alleys, ledges, statues and even fountains. Did you find it? Were you one of many to pay it forward to charity?

The Red’s 12 Days Of Christmas Giving has drawn to a close, and with our believers help, we’ve managed to raise £2,000 for worthwhile charities, Simon On The Streets and The Mustard Tree.

The idea was based on a simple premise: if you’re the lucky benefactor of generosity, pay it forward; keep the goodwill moving forward.

12 days of xmas


Out of 106 separate gifts we sneakily placed around Leeds, Headingley and Manchester 67 of you chose to live the spirit of the festive adventure and paid it forward. Thank you – your generosity will go a long way and the respect of Red doth shine on you. Those 106 donations raised £953, and with our match fund promise, together we’ve turned that into £2,000.

Praise be to everyone that followed the campaign and madly ran about the streets searching for free BBQ.  To the lucky ones, enjoy your feast! To those that found a card, but haven’t yet paid it forward, be sure to donate and leave the long card number in the comments box so we can activate your card…


Christmas Opening Times

Even the Church of True Barbecue needs to close now and again, so check our festive opening hours to avoid disappointment and hunger:

Christmas Eve:  Last tables at 15:45 then we’ll close at 17:00

Christmas Day:  Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

New Year’s Eve: Last tables 18:30 then it’s our ticketed BBQ Build Up event (buy your tickets here)

New Year’s Day: Closed

Friday 2nd January 2015: Your first chance of 2015 to eat some ‘cue!

BBQ Build Up


BBQ Build Up 2

Spreading Festive Cheer through Meat

Tis the season of giving, so….

We’re giving believers the chance to share in that amazing feeling of helping others whilst earning free meat.

Preloaded Gift Of Meat cards worth £3,500 are hidden around Leeds, Headingley and Manchester.

12 days of xmas

From MONDAY 8 December your job is to search them out, then pay the generosity forward to charity. With your help we’ve picked two amazing charities to support; Simon On The Streets and Mustard Tree.

For every £1 you donate, we’ll match fund it to help the fund grow.

Locations will be revealed each day here  at 11am, so act quick!

Remember to#RedsPayItForward and let’s spread festive cheer together.


Red’s Nottingham, Let There Be Jobs!


Love meat? So do we, so come forth and work with us at Red’s Nottingham.

We’re recruiting for all levels of kitchen staff, from sous chefs to kitchen assistants to join us in time for our January launch.

You will have to demonstrate good food knowledge and show skill in preparing top quality ingredients, made from fresh, to a high standard in an open planned kitchen environment. You must have a passion for meat, and a real interest in learning new styles of cooking and service in a fast casual and high volume operation.

Watch the film to get a flavour for life at Red’s

We require experienced chefs, cooks and kitchen staff who want to develop their skills and broaden their culinary work experiences, by preparing and serving trend setting, authentic American smoked food.

The Feast

If this sounds like the kind of lifestyle that you could do well in, then please attend our recruitment open days.

We’re holding 3 sessions over 3 days.


Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of November


  • Session 1 9am -12pm
  • Session 2 12pm – 3pm
  • Session 3 3pm – 6pm


The Albert Hall Nottingham

North Circus Street

Off Derby Road




Don’t forget to bring your CV when you come along.

If you have any KITCHEN queries, please contact Clint Britz or Nick Colley

We look forward to meeting you!


It’s time to open your mind to the bourbon bone luge.

Inspired by cavemen, re-discovered in Portland, Oregon and perfected by Red’s True Barbecue, bone luging is the process of funnelling a shot of bourbon down the canoe of a smoked beef shin bone. Yes, you did read that. And yes, it will change your world for the better.

This is the holy grail of suppin’ bourbon.

The distinctive caramel and woody flavours of Wild Turkey 81 (Red’s perfect serve), slightly warmed by the heat of the bone, mix with the Umami-rich fatty morsels of the marrow to intensify each flavour. It is gratuitously next level.

We’ve given this latest US trend a heavenly low and slow twist, shredding 8-hr smoked Ox cheek over the marrow, with a sweet onion pickle and traditional tray-baked slice of cornbread to mop up stray juices.

The combination of smoky meat, sweet and acidic onion pickle, rich bone marrow, and the oaky bourbon will have your tastebuds turned up to 10.

Little Plates - Ox Cheek Bone Luge


The New Testament: The Good Book

Dearly beloved, the new testament of The Good Book is nigh. It’s a weighty tome full of BBQ promise.

Inspired by the most recent Pilgrimage road trip across the Southern US States, the new and updated dishes ooze with the latest BBQ trends and low and slow techniques, picked up from the countless ‘cue joints and Pitmasters along our 1,500 mile route.

The Pitmaster S’wich

The Pitmaster S'wich

It’s also the only menu to have its own Podcast, telling the story of the trip in four 1/2 hour shows. It’s packed with interviews of the people we met along the way, whilst the rockin soundtrack is the very music that helped us burn rubber over five states and 10 days. We’ll ping a link as soon as iTunes approves it in the next few days.

The Sleepy James

The Sleepy James

Before we launch  to the masses, we’re giving true believers the chance to buy the new dishes before anyone else.

Next week we’re putting on a selection of new items at lunch (12pm-5pm) and dinner (6pm-10pm), and releasing a limited number of tickets to come down and try.





Password AMEN


For lunch sessions tickets will be available 12:00pm the day before until 11:00am the next day. For the dinner session it’s 12:00pm the day before until 5pm that day. Make sure to act quickly before they all go.

Memphis-Dry St Louis rack

Memphis-Dry St Louis


Whilst the meal isn’t free, we’ll pick tables at random and pay the bill, so make sure to check your receipt for The Hand Of Red stamp.

If you do grab a ticket, be sure to give us feedback on the dishes you tried at, with the subject New Testament.

For those who don’t manage to get in next week, the new menu launches w/c 17 November.

More new menu item intros and photos to come… Amen

Worship The Christmas Feast


Red's Christmas Feast

The Star of Red shines bright in the night sky, meaning it must be time to share our Christmas menu.

We’ve take the much-loved Feast and showered it with seasonal BBQ promise to spread Christmas cheer to all. Expect an overflowing bin lid of low and slow festive heaven, including  sliced smoked turkey, baby back ribs, BBQ chicken wings, Black Angus brisket, bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers, pulled pork stuffing balls, and seasonally-spiced sweet potato cornbread. AMEN!

As it’s Christmas, we know you’ll want some options to pimp your meal, so make sure to check out the awesome sides, plus don’t forget to ask our circle of staff for the special cocktails, drinks and desserts to take it next level.

The Christmas Feast is available throughout December, Monday – Thursday from 12pm. You need to book, and the party size is 8 and upwards.

Please call your local Church of True Barbecue to make the booking – find the details by visiting the relevant page here on the website.

Red's Christmas Feast

Friday Food Fight Good Book #2

Now that we’ve been reacquainted, it’s time to invite you to worship with us fully, at the altar of meat.

This week take a trip through regional southern america and nibble at the heavenly offerings from our holy smokers:


Meat Boxes (1, 2, 3 or 4 meats)

Choose from tender baby back ribs, Texas smoked hot sausage, N.C pulled pork and huge BBQ chicken wings

Sandwiches & Hoagies

- Pulled pork & southern-style slaw

- Pulled BBQ chicken and southern-style slaw

Texas sausage Hoagie (topped with meaty pit beans, cheese, ballpark mustard and crispy onions)


- Nacho Pie (fresh from our new NSFW Express Lunch menu)

- Pulled meat nachos (smoked chicken and pulled pork)

- Purgatory nachos (vegetarian: bean chili)

                                  Nacho Pie

Nacho Pie



- Hot Mess from our NSFW Express Lunch menu (salt crusted sweet potato, brisket chili, peppered bacon, grated cheese, chipotle sour cream, fresh chillies, and a lime wedge)

- BBQ chicken wings

                                  Hot Mess

Hot Mess


- Southern-style slaw

- Meaty pit beans


New Friday Food Fight, New Good Book

S’up F.F.Fighters! It’s been a while since we’ve cast our soulful eyes upon you good people.

So we’ve decided to up the BBQ game with our next menu for your feasting pleasure. On here you’ll find authentic dishes inspired by our most recent pilgrimage road trip to the southern states.

Make sure to pay particular oral attention to the Nacho Pie and Hot Mess: you can grab these Mon – Thur 12pm – 4pm on Red’s new NSFW Express Lunch menu.

Come forth…


  • Texas smoked sausage hoagie: Spicy beef and pork sausage, topped with meaty pit beans, chili con queso, cheese, American mustard and jalapeños
  • Nacho Pie: Bag of nachos slashed open and filled with our smoked Black Angus brisket chili, sour cream, salsa, and fresh sliced jalapeños
  • Hot Mess: Salt-crusted sweet potato topped with smoked Black Angus brisket chili, grated cheese, housemade peppered bacon, chipotle sour cream, fresh chili, spring onions, and a lime wedge. (Or choose a veggie option – swap brisket chili for bean chili)
  • Pulled Pork sandwich: North Carolina pulled pork in a glazed brioche bun, topped with crispy slaw and a pot of apple sauce
  • Smoked chicken sandwich: Pulled smoked chicken, topped with crispy slaw – customise it with one of our free BBQ sauces
  • Pulled meat nachos: Housemade nachos, N.C pulled pork, smoked pulled chicken, chili con queso, salsa, sour cream, cheese,jalapeños


  • Meaty Pit beans
  • Mac-and-Cheese
  • No mayo slaw


  • XXX 666 Hot Sauce
  • North Carolina mopping BBQ sauce
  • South Carolina ‘Gold’ mustard BBQ sauce
  • Kansas City sweet molasses BBQ sauces


Make sure to head to Red’s Manchester next week.

From Monday – Thursday we’re rewarding believers at random who eat from the new NSFW Express Lunch by picking up your tab.

You’ll know it’s you by your bill scripture.

The Hand Of Red

Will Red Pick Up Your Lunch Bill?

The new NSFW Express Lunch has just launched in all our churches.  It’s Red’s quality in work-friendly portions, for weekday lunch money, meaning you can get back to your desk with just enough True Barbecue in your belly to get through the daily grind.

If you haven’t yet checked out the menu, let the dog see the rabbit, and feast your eyes on this; permission to salivate on your phone, laptop or keyboard.

NACHO PIE (just one of six objects of worship on the menu)


Nacho Pie

Now you know what you’re working with, how about we tell you Red may just pick up your tab over the next couple of weeks.

Head down to the Leeds, Headingley or Manchester Church of True Barbecue, order from the NSFW Express Lunch menu (Mon – Thur 12pm – 4pm), and Red may bless you with lunch on him.  You’ll know it’s you by your bill scripture.

Be quick though, The Hand Of Red will only be around until Thursday 24 Oct.

If you’re one of the chosen ones, be sure to share it on social with the #NOWSFW.

Go forth believers.

The Hand Of Red


Legal Scriptures (Terms & Conditions)


  1. Eligibility: Entry is open to residents of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) aged 16 or over except employees (and their immediate families) of Red’s True Barbecue (UK) (the “Promoter”), its printers and agents, and any other companies associated with the competition.


  1. Promotional Period: The promotion period runs Monday to Thursday, from 12pm – 4pm from w/c Monday 13 Oct to w/c 20 October. The promotion finishes on Thursday 24 October at 4pm.


  1. Entry Requirements: One entry per person. To enter, customers must order from the Express Lunch menu.


  1. Winner Selection: The winner(s) will be drawn every hour between 12pm – 4pm at random under independent supervision each day during the Promotional Period.


  1. Winner Notification: The winner will be notified at the end of their meal whether they have won the prize.


  1. Prize: 320 prizes available to be won. 4/hour available at Red’s Leeds, 5/hour available at Red’s Manchester and 2/hour available at Red’s Headingley. The prize is one dish from the Express Lunch menu, valued at RRP £6.95. Customers will not be charged for their meal.




  1. The prizes are as stated, are not transferable to another individual and no cash or other alternatives will be offered in whole or in part.


  1. Prizes are subject to availability


  1. In the event of circumstances outside the reasonable control of the Promoter, or otherwise where fraud, abuse, and/or an error (human or computer) affects or could affect the proper operation of this promotion, and only where circumstances make this unavoidable, the Promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the promotion or alter the terms of competitions at any time, but will always endeavour to minimise the effect to participants in order to avoid undue disappointment.


  1. The Promoter reserves the right to verify all entries including but not limited to asking for address and identity details and to refuse to award a prize or withdraw prize entitlement and/or refuse further participation in the promotion and disqualify the participant where there are reasonable grounds to believe there has been a breach of these terms and conditions or any instructions forming part of this promotions entry requirements or otherwise where a participant has gained unfair advantage in participating in the promotion or won using fraudulent means.


  1. In the event of a prize being unavailable, the Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.


  1. The winner(s) agree(s) to the use of their name, photograph and disclosure of county of residence and will co-operate with any other reasonable requests by Red’s True Barbecue elating to any post-winning publicity.


  1. A list of winner’s names and counties can be found by writing to the Promoter at the below address within 3 months of the closing date.
  2. Where applicable, the decision of the General Manager is final based on the criteria set out in the promotion.


  1. The provider of the prize is specified within the promotional material.


  1. Your personal details will only be used for the purposes of administering this promotion and for no other purposes.


  1. In the event of a discrepancy between these standard terms and conditions and the details in the promotional material (or any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry), the details of the promotional material (and any other terms and conditions provided/referred to at the time of entry) shall prevail.


Promoter: Red’s Smoque Limited (TA Red’s True Barbecue) 36 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT



Live Sessions at Red’s Manchester

Even without live music, the Red’s playlist is sweeeet! So, imagine your unbridled and overwhelming legal high joy to learn you can now eat the best barbecue this side of the pond, sup beer AND feast your eyes and ears on rockin’ live music at Red’s Manchester.

Each and every weekend we’ll bring you a mix of blues, bluegrass, Americana covers & soul hop from the UK and Manchester’s best bands and artists to accompany your worship.

Whilst regular on a Friday we’ll change it up between Saturday and Sundays so make sure to check out the schedule below and follow us on Twitter for any live changes.

You’ve already fed back on social to let us know a few of your favourite artists so we’ve made sure to book them again. If you have any other thoughts or ideas, ping them through at or post up on Red’s Manchester Facebook page.

In time we’ll launch a regular podcast showcasing our favourite live artists so keep a look out.


Fri 10 10pm J-Bear & The Giants
Sun 12 7pm Minor Blues

Fri 17 HoneyFeet
Sun 19 Ellis Davis Duo

Fri 24 JJ Rosa
Sat 25 JJ Rosa


Fri 31 Tom Byrne & Friends
Sun 2 Junkhouse Dog

Fri 7 Ellis Davis Duo
Sun 9 Halfway Home

Fri 14 JJ Rosa
Sat 15 JJ Rosa

Fri 21 HoneyFeet
Sun 23 Shauna Mackin

Fri 28 Kentucky Cow Tippers
Sun 30 Junkhouse Dog


Fri 5 Ellis Davis Duo
Sun 7 Junkhouse Dog

Fri 12 HoneyFeet
Sun 14 Halfway Home

Fri 19 JJ Rosa
Sun 21 JJ Rosa

They Came To Feast

The call of free barbecue was too strong for some and so they flocked in their hundreds, following the free smells of Red’s Headingley, to feast.

It’s fair to say the launch of our latest place of worship, Red’s Headingley, was epic. More than 1,000 believers turned up to queue in line for their share of a plate of free ‘cue. Knowing it would be busy, we hosted live music straight up from a makeshift open-air stage on top of the restaurant.

If you’ve never caught soul hop band JJ Rosa, keep a look out. She’s a Red’s regular at our live music sessions in Manchester and they rocked the early eve session over in Headingley, setting the tone for Red’s favourite Junkhouse Dog to smash any weary waiting legs into a groove. Big thanks to Rat On The Roof, Big Bone Joe, The Kentucky Cow Tippers and Magic Al for cruising up and down the 200m queue playing personal gigs for those that needed a dose of additional entertainment.

And a final important thanks to all the believers that chose to turn up and support the launch, some of you queueing for over 4hrs. You know who you are. Let there be meat!

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Free BBQ & Live Music: July 17 Red’s Headingley


If the words ‘Free food’ and ‘Live music’ fill you with a sense of joy, you could be in luck.

We’re opening the doors to Red’s Headingley restaurant on Thursday 17 July with a congregation-pleasing event set to stop the traffic.

It’s time for us to pay the city back for all the support you have given Red’s, by serving up true barbecue for free until our smokers run out…..

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Smoked Skate and Beer Can Chicken using a Weber Smokey Mountain 37cm Bullet Smoker

Scott Munro, Master of Meats, Red’s True Barbecue

Grilling outside with gas is ok for knocking out some steaks, kebabs and burgers for the family, but you really can’t beat cooking with wood as it imparts a much deeper and broader flavour profile. Authentic US low and slow style cooking, like we do at Red’s, is a real art and takes a lot of practice, but once you get it, you’ll never look back.

So, when Weber kindly asked me to test out one of its newer, smaller format Smokey Mountain bullet smokers I figured it would be a good opportunity to see how quick it would be to set up, smoke/grill and break down at home on an evening..

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